NFL Rnd 5 Kerry vs Mayo, Tralee, Sat March 12th @ 7.30pm Mar 7, 2022 16:52:48 GMT
Post by Ballyfireside on Mar 7, 2022 16:52:48 GMT
In the early 2000s there was Kerry armagh Tyrone and briefly Meath and Galway (As those great teams declined). Then cork replaced armagh around 06/07 As the 3rd team competing to be replaced by the dublin of Connolly, brogans etc. Donegal for a few years also rose to challenge and win one.
The constant from I would say 97 to 15 was Kerry always competitive always reaching semis(2010 and 12 being exceptions post backdoor). My main point is look how long it has taken those teams to recover if they have at all. Armagh only now have a decent ish team who may have a chance in Ulster, Meath and cork might very well ( and deservedly be playing in d3 next year and in corks case 2nd time in 4 years) Galway have barely made a splash in the championship since 01 a couple of semis may be at best Donegal are on the slide big time in my opinion and once the great Murphy is gone will struggle in d1 and Ulster not to mind the ai series. Even dublin who had about three waves of serious players are now finding the going tough. Far from being soft or mentally weak in the years post 09 /10 As the great names slipped into the pantheon of kerry greats we kept at it I don't think the 2014 team gets the credit they deserve talk about balls to come from 5 down in last few minutes to draw and then win an absolute battle in limerick by sheer will then fitzmaurice outhhought the most heralded manager that ever won one all ireland.
We weren't far off in most years throughout that time when you consider how far off sone of the other teams have been Meath and Galway since 01, armagh since 06, Tyrone 08 until last year or 2, cork since 2010. Dublin should come back faster and probably wouldn't be in as bad a shape if mannion and particularly mcaffrey were still available but nothing is guaranteed in sport or life just look at man Utd ten years without a title and by the looks of it could be another ten.
In 2019 Clifford ,o shea Tom sull etc were young and stood up aswell as they could against the best dublin team (Maybe all) and no startled earwigs were they , that gives me belief in them.
A lot of people thought that re Dun na nGall but they pulled a win vs Tyrone out of nowhere so no, they haven't gone away you know! Bonnar wasn't popular from the outset but he hasn't done anything wrong really and as for Murphy's 'demise', there is life in the auld dog yet.
They can win Ulster, the hardest, maybe the only competitive provincial competition. Oisin Gallen looked a million dollars in Ballybofey and there are a few more on a similar trajectory. I laughed when some had goalie Shaun Patton up there with the best but it looks like I am proved wrong, his keeping and placed kicks are noteworthy - and yes, we could take a few tips from them on this. If they were horses they'd be done under the non-triers rule vs us - they knew better and kept the powder dry for Tyrone 7 days later and it worked, unlikely that they'd win both so picked the right one and, as I said, it was a surge out of nowhere at the death in Ballybofey that go 'em over the line.
They are nice to watch and ah sure I'm a biteen of a Dgaller at this stage, just a biteen! I think this squad are 20 functional players with broad skills, albeit a few stars but stars with broad skills. Gallen has really filled out and the next time against Mayo I think he will be the only wheel-barrowing laddos up and down the green - so write 'us' off at your peril, that suits 'us' just fine!